Your brain is not a tape recorder

If you call a hypnotist with a request to put you into a trance so you can find something—jewelry, your car keys, or what have you—the hypnotist, while willing to take you on, may warn you that the effort will require work.

A skilled hypnotist like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast is well aware that memory is a complicated thing. It does not work like a tape recorder. Most of the time, the hypnotist, no matter how skilled and experience, will have to do more than just put you into a trance, tell you to go back in time and tell you to remember.

Workers in the field have come to realise that memory is actually divided into multiple parts, and these parts are stored in different sections of the brain.

Experts describe the process in terms of a hologram, which is a visual image that is split into different parts. A laser is used to take all those parts and project them together so that they form a single image.

Memory works the same way.

Take those keys you lost. That happened at a particular time when you were in a particular place. There were probably other people in the same place, and at least some of your attention was on them. Maybe you were in a club, playing one of the pokies there, and maybe you were losing, and so part of you was worried about how you were going to come up with extra money to pay the rent. Maybe someone else there was giving you a hard time about gambling. Maybe a particular song was playing, and that song reminded you of an old relationship.

All of those things are pieces of the memory, stored in various parts of your brain, and recalling what you did with your keys requires that you put them all back together. And, even as a kid you probably learned that once something is taken apart, putting it back together again is not that easy.

Fortunately, a skilled hypnotist like Greg Thompson knows how to help you work in a trance to locate all those parts and recreate that mental hologram that will let you see where those keys are.

Hypnosis helps you get ready for surgery

When you have a bit of surgery coming down the road, you will typically plan for it, and do things to get ready—tell friends and family, and arrange for time off from work, for instance.

A really good way to prepare is to schedule time with a skilled professional hypnotherapist, someone like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast.

This will get you ready in several different ways.

First is hypnotic anaesthesia. Now, it’s true, that unless your situation is quite unusual, you will undergo chemical anaesthesia prior to the surgery. But hypnotic self-anaesthesia, which a skilled hypnotherapist can train you in, will make everything go better. Your anesthesiologist will need to use as heavy a drug dose. Also, research has shown that patients under hypnotic anaesthesia bleed less during surgery, recover more quickly, heal faster, and have less pain after the surgery thus requiring less pain medication.

In addition, unless you are a very unusual sort, you are going to be anxious as you get ready to go under the knife. After all, there really is no such thing as minor surgery. All surgical procedures carry risk, and no doubt your friends and family will make sure that you know that. That anxiety causes physical and emotional tension, and that tension makes the surgery more difficult, and more prone to complications. Here is where hypnosis comes to the rescue again. It is a powerful tool for dealing with anxiety.

Hypnosis does take time, however, so don’t put things off. If you see surgery coming down the road, now is the time to make an appointment with a competent hypnotherapist like Greg Thompson to get ready. You will learn the techniques and skills that will carry you through the experience and leave you healing faster.

Make that appointment now.

The things hypnosis can do for you!

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are increasingly becoming the techniques of choice for breaking destructive habits like smoking, excessive drinking, and compulsive gambling, but there are a great many other ways that this altered state can help make your life better.

Athletes of all kinds have long known that visualising improves performance. Ski racers, for instance, spend as much time as possible before a race, standing at the top of the race course, watching themselves go down the slope in their minds. Martial artists perform katas and fighting techniques in their heads as often as they do on the mat.

These days, more and more of those athletes are learning that doing that kind of mental visualisation is even more powerful if it is done while in a hypnotic trance.

Classroom work is another area where hypnosis can make a difference. A skilled hypnotist can train the student to memorise in such a way that the student can actually see the words in his or her mind and read them.

The same is true for music. The violinist who “plays” a musical piece in his or her mind, seeing and hearing it, gets the piece down solidly. Even better, with proper training in hypnosis, that musician can actually play the piece while in a waking trance, with all the benefits that offer to the ability to focus and concentrate.

Pain, chronic or acute, is another appropriate target for hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Psychiatrist Milton Erickson, a pioneer in modern clinical hypnosis, suffered polio as a child and had to deal later in life with chronic post-polio pain. He conquered it with hypnosis and helped hundreds of others do the same.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are also increasingly recognised as tools to help people fighting emotional issues, such as anger, anxiety and depression. To begin with, when you are in a trance you simply do not experience negative emotions. All you feel is comfortable, calm and relaxed. More important, skilled hypnotherapists like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast can open a door to your unconscious, allowing you to explore and resolve the roots of such problems.

Keep that New Year’s resolution with hypnosis

In your lifetime, long or short, how many New Year’s resolutions do you reckon you have made?
How many have you kept? And for how long?
This year, things will be different, because you are going to do something different.
You are going to schedule an appointment with a competent hypnotist—in Gold Coast think Greg Thompson.
Hypnosis is a powerful tool for changing behavior. It can help you block out negative thoughts and feelings and boost your belief in yourself. It can cancel cravings and give you the strength to control impulsive behaviors. It can help you alter your self-image; you won’t say, be quitting smoking, you will become a non-smoker, which is very different.
Once you go into a trance, the hypnotist will be talking to you, using the power of suggestion. Often you will create a vivid ‘future’ memory of having already achieved your goal. This gives you not only the memory of what it is like having already attained your goal but the emotional leverage of how good/proud/confident you feel now that you have. For example if there was a part of you that now believes that you have been a non-smoker for an entire year, you are less likely to fall back into those old habits. You haven’t smoked in a whole year, why would you bother starting again?
That is where you get to pitch in.
Before you go for that first hypnotic session, make a written list that includes:
What do you want to accomplish; what is the resolution you want to keep?
Why that particular resolution?
What will feel the best about successfully keeping that resolution?
Who are the people who love and care for you, and who will be rooting for your success?
What are your mental and emotional strengths?
What are specific times and places where you faced a difficult task, or challenge, and you succeeded?
How did that feel, in you mind and in your gut?
Take that list in with you at your first hypnosis session with Greg. He will use the best parts of it to tailor your session and guide you to success in keeping your resolution.
And have a happy New Year.

Can you get trapped in a trance?

More and more people are beginning to discover the ability of hypnosis and hypnotherapy to deal with a wide array of problems. People are using hypnosis to stop smoking, to deal with pain, to lose excess weight, to relieve anxiety, and to improve mental and physical skills.

More and more frequently, individuals dealing with any of those issues are making appointments to see a skilled hypnotherapist—in Gold Coast, think Greg Thompson.

Ironically, the very power of hypnosis makes some people reluctant to try it.

There is any number of myths about hypnosis and hypnotherapy, one of which is the idea that you can go so deep into a hypnotic state that you never come back out. You stay stuck in that trance.

That simply does not happen.

First of all, most of the trance states used in hypnotic work are not all that deep. Most of the time, the person in a trance will still be aware of the sights and sounds in the room, and will still be aware of how the body feels.

Also, a trance feels different from the normal waking state, and the hypnotized person feels that difference. The mind and body are accustomed to feeling a certain way. When they feel different, they have a strong urge to return to that normal, everyday place that they are used to.

And, even in the deepest trance, there is always a part of the mind that stays on the surface, aware of what is going on, and ready to pop back into consciousness.

So no matter how deep you go into a hypnotic state, even if the hypnotist were to leave the building and never come back, you will always return to normal, waking consciousness. That is simply the way the mind works.

Boosting your quit-smoking power

Once you have taken the most important step in quitting smoking—making an appointment with a skilled, competent and experienced hypnotist like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast—you are well on your way to ditching the evil herb tobacco.

Hypnosis is absolutely the most powerful tool you can use to stop smoking quickly and permanently, but there are also other things you can do to make the process go more smoothly.

First of all, help Greg help you by taking time, even before you show up for that first hypnotic session, to identify your smoking triggers—the situations, feelings, and the like that are associated with lighting up. Some people, for instance, always have a cigarette after a meal. Some people always light up when they drink a beer. Identify your triggers, make a list, and take that list with you for your first appointment. Greg will be able to make good use of it.

Next, clean house. Get your place spic and span. Get rid of all your ashtrays. You may also have to get new curtains and drapes, especially if you have smoked in the place for a long time because they will stink. After the first week or so of not smoking, go through all your clothes, segregate the one that smells of stale tobacco—and you can be sure that at least some of them will—and toss them, or give them to charity.

Tell all your friends and family that you are quitting smoking, and ask them to check in on whether you are keeping to your resolution. That will provide you will extra motivation.

Get a nice, big wall calendar. Mark your first day without a cigarette, and keep on marking the calendar every day after that, to provide yourself with a visual record that you are succeeding.

Do you have a favourite snack treat? Feed that to yourself at the end of each week without smoking.

Eventually, you will remember that you used to smoke, and wonder what that was all about.

Hypnosis and exercise help each other

There is no doubt that hypnosis and hypnotherapy are among the most effective, if not the most effective, tools for losing unwanted weight, whether the goal is just to drop a few kilos, or there is a need to combat the dangers of morbid obesity.

But even with the assistance of a competent hypnotherapist like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast, the road to an optimal weight is a long one; in fact, losing weight too rapidly usually leads to rebound weight gain, and the renewed weight actually has a higher percentage of fat.

One of the best ways to help the weight come down at a reasonable rate is exercise—both aerobic and resistance.

Exercise burns calories, and burning more calories than you take in is how you lose weight.

Exercise, especially resistance training—weight work—boosts your body’s metabolic rate, so you burn more calories.

Exercise regulates appetite. You are less likely to binge if you work your body regularly.

Exercise, especially resistance training increases muscle mass. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn even when your body is resting.

Because regular exercise increases your energy level, you are less likely to experience fatigue, and everything you do feels easier.

Exercise increases your self-esteem and daily confidence levels, just because you go to bed every night and wake up every morning knowing that you are doing something that is good for you, that you are taking care of yourself.

Finally, exercise does not require a huge investment of time or effort. Even something like riding a bike or taking a brisk walk every day will make a difference. If you work in an office, taking the stairs will work off calories. If you take a bus to work, get off a few blocks early and walk the rest of the way.

Exercising does not have to be a big deal, but the resulting weight loss will be.

Who is The Best Hypnotherapist

Over the years I have received many client reviews on Facebook, Google and other business review platforms. The aim of these reviews is to show potential clients that you can do what you say you can do. This is particularly important with an industry like Hypnotherapy.

Although the hypnosis industry is not new, it is now accepted by mainstream society as a go-to for many things such as anxiety, depression, weight loss, addictions and even sexual expression.

It is becoming popular, and most people have a friend or two that got results using hypnosis, and so hypnotists are popping up on every corner. This is good and bad.. Good because as a community we get to help more people achieve somewhat amazing results (I am not short of almost unbelievable stories of success). Word continues to spread around communities that hypnosis is a powerful tool for change. Unfortunately it comes with some drawbacks.. As the industry is unregulated it means there are some highly trained and/or experienced hypnotherapists and some poorly trained and/or inexperienced.

A clinical hypnotherapist must attend a hypnosis school that is approved by one of the self appointed governing bodies in Australia, such as the Australian Hypnotherapists Association (AHA), the Australian Association of Clinical Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy (AACHP), the Australian Society of Clinical Hypnotherapists (ASCH), and about half a dozen others. These associations are professional and maintain integrity and ethics across the industry.

There is also an organisation called the Hypnotherapy Council of Australia (HCA) that is made up of representatives from all major associations. The HCA’s main purpose is to ensure that consumers can ascertain which therapists have completed a high level of training.

So what about the weekend hypnosis courses. Are these valuable? YES. I have learnt a lot from this style of training and incorporated many things into what I do every day. My clients have also significantly benefited from the training I have completed in various weekend training schools. Should therapists who already have a 900 hour Diploma in Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy do them? Most definitely YES!

But.. what about the people out there who have done the 24 hour weekend course and now call themselves a hypnotherapist?? Some of them are great, some of them are not. It largely depends on the individuals passion, commitment, practise/experience, ethics, and life experience. (everyone is a beginner at first and should charge accordingly)

To be fair I have met some excellent therapists who have only done a couple of weekend courses, and I have met people who have completed a 900 hour Diploma whom I would not recommend. This is why reviews are important.

So.. what is the relevancy of a 5 star review?

Over the years I have collected many reviews on different platforms from people that have come to see me for a variety of things. New clients often tell me that they decided to see me because they read some 5 star reviews, so I was a little shocked this morning to see a weekend hypnosis school (One that I hold in the highest esteem) encouraging students to review each others businesses. OK, so maybe they have worked with each other in training. Perhaps they even resolved some issues. Sure they could provide a character reference.. but a 5 star review?? OK, I admit.. my Mum did review me right in the beginning. But I didn’t ask her, and I definitely didn’t ask my family, friends and colleagues to give me a review. Have I helped them overcome stuff? Yes but getting them to review me just doesn’t seem right.

So.. Before booking into a local hypnotherapist make sure you click and just see if their reviewer is another therapist or a friend.

Can anyone be hypnotised?

If you know someone who wants, for instance, to quit smoking, or lose weight, and you suggest that they give hypnosis a try, you may hear,

“That’s no good. I can’t be hypnotised.”

The odds are that they are mistaken. The fact is, just about everyone can learn to go into the altered state of consciousness known as hypnosis. It’s true that achieving that state is easier for some, while others have to give it a little more work. The ability to enter a trance state is a talent, and like any talent, some people have it to a higher degree than others; but there is almost no one who does not have that talent at all.

Some people may tell you that they have tried hypnosis, and they could not go into a trance. Actually, most of those people can also go into a trance with the proper approach. Although almost anyone can learn to develop a hypnotic state, there are numerous doors to that state, and different doors work for different people.

A competent, experienced hypnotherapist like Greg Thompson in Gold Coast knows how to decide which door will work for you.

The fact is, a trance state is an everyday occurrence for most of us. Ask yourself how often you have experienced these things:

You are at a movie, or a concert, sitting stock still, totally focused on the show. Intermission comes, and you suddenly realise that you are hungry, and your rear end is a little sore from all the sitting. You had not been aware of that until then. You were in a trance.

You are reading a really good book, all wrapped up in it. Someone comes into the room and then goes back out again, and you don’t see or hear that person. You are in a trance.

You are having a really interesting conversation with a friend, and suddenly realise that you have been talking for more than an hour, but it feels as if no time has passed at all. That is because you were in a trance.

If nothing like that ever happens to you, then just maybe you can’t be hypnotised.

But, more likely, you belong to that huge majority of people who will have no trouble developing a powerful altered state and learning how to use it to your benefit.

Stop Smoking, use the power of hypnosis! Part 2

There is an ever-increasing number of studies that demonstrate hypnosis to be an effective—in fact probably the most effective—approach to getting rid of a smoking habit. Research in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Australia, have shown that hypnosis offers a fast, permanent, and relatively inexpensive way to stop smoking.

There are many ways that hypnosis works for stopping smoking.

First, there is the physical problem. Nicotine is an addictive substance. Over time, smokers develop physical dependence. When they stop smoking, they experience physical and emotional withdrawal symptoms—irritability, headaches, trouble focusing, and craving, among other things. The period of withdrawal is short but intense.

Hypnosis blocks withdrawal symptoms. In a trance state, you do not experience negative feelings or sensations. You are pleasantly relaxed and calm. As well, one of the things that a competent hypnotist like Gold Coast’s Greg Thompson will teach you is how to put yourself into a trance. You will have learned a new skill that you will be able to use in all types of situations.

Smoking is also a habit. It is a conditioned response. Your mind and body have learned to respond to any number of situations and feelings by lighting up. Waiting for dinner? Light up. Just finished dinner? Have a cigarette. Upset by something a coworker says? Pull out that pack and have a smoke.

Hypnotherapists have tools to help you recognise those smoking triggers and snuff them.

Many smokers also have underlying emotional issues that they have typically dealt with by smoking, because nicotine is a mood-altering drug that can calm you down when you are tense, jazz you up when you are down, and just generally mask over bothersome feelings. A competent hypnotherapist will help you identify such issues and deal with them.

If you really are ready to stop smoking, the route to success goes through the door of your hypnotist.